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As the spring blossoms start to mature and the brighter evenings beckon, no doubt some of us will yearn for time in our outdoor living space and better garden furniture.
Some of you may be building a transitory pergola space, covered verandah or conservatory space to bask in the new seasonal sunshine.
Ultimately better looking or updated garden furniture will be a worthwhile investment as we look fondly outdoors and start planning our new sunlit living spaces.
Here’s a quick look on how to audit the garden furniture you already have, how to look after your garden furniture and some garden furniture designs to consider.
If you are thinking of investing in new garden furniture or looking to expand your transitional indoor-outdoor space in the back of your home, best to do an audit of what you have got first.
This may reveal more cost-effective tactics you can take to upgrade the look of your outdoor living area and makeover what you have already got.
It makes for a more coordinated living space.
When buying new pieces, it also makes sense to make sure what you procure matches with the well-loved pieces you already have or matches the existing materials and colour scheme.
If there’s one thing an Irish Garden will guarantee, it’s an abundant supply of rain, hail and sleet. And that’s just in the summertime! What’s more there are birds and pests that may also be attacking your furniture in the cooler months or when you are away.
Suffice it to say - if you are investing in your garden furniture this year, garden furniture covers should be your next port of call.
There are basic garden furniture covers on the market.
Look for a durable weather resistant material like heavy duty polyethylene. This ensures the cover is UV resistant & waterproof. It should provide year-round protection for your furniture set.
Alternatively you can learn how to sew your own version like in this excellent guide on How to Make Patio Furniture Covers by Sailrite.com
Here at D Lynch & Son’s there are quite a few easy cleaning and restoration products that will come in handy.
Wooden Garden Furniture can be restored with the reintroduction of natural oils lost through weathering. This protects wood from greying. Use existing oil products to provide long-lasting nourishing protection to garden furniture.
Some products also add a natural hint of colour, or if you prefer, stain a rich/deeper colour to highlight the beauty of the wood whilst also providing all-weather protection from the sun and rain. You can get the wood stains in different finishes to match various types of wood depending on your needs.
If you have a simple urban backyard or a corner of a larger garden that needs to exploit a sun trap, or a vista, consider investing in weatherproof metal bench with a back for resting against.
Go for a simple wrought iron finish in black that seats 2 is all you need. There are ornate or contemporary minimalist styles. Here at D Lynch & Son’s we have in stock The Garden Collection Metal Floral Bench and a Polywood Slatted Grey Bench.
For a spot closer to the house, you can get very trendy and go for the much loved rattan egg chair for a touch of glamour! Perfect for curling up with a book or napping outside.
If you have a tiny patio or balcony and want to do more than just enjoy the vista - perhaps have a spot of tea for 2 or breakfast? Then invest in a 2-seater chair and table set.
Perfect for urban yards, a sunlit paved corner of a larger garden, pergola-covered space or under a gazebo, these could also come in handy if you have a small front verandah.
Look for styles that are easy to store or stack with a finish on the table that does not attract moss and is easy to wipe down.
For example, our 2-seater Rattan Bistro Set comes with a round glass table that will complement any garden. Or you can opt for a more traditional looking yet very hardy Victorian Style Bronze Bistro Set that is easy to wipe down.
A 4-seater set is a decent upgrade, or else a 6-seater set for those with more space and more family members looking to have their tea alfresco! Here a D Lynch & Son’s we have a range of beautiful, low maintenance garden sets available for you to choose from.
Should you have a larger area and looking for something with a touch of class to entertain family and friends, our stunning Athen’s Sofa Set might be the choice for you.
This gives your space a proper outdoor living room feel. A perfect starter set for families who regularly entertain in outdoor barbecues looking for more comfortable and substantial furniture. It will even work in a larger conservatory space indoors.
Look for styles with seat cushions or if these don’t come with your set you can supplement them with water resistant seat cushions to make it a more comfortable set.
In addition to the most obvious pieces for your garden, sometimes it’s the small decorative items that really finish it off nicely. Whether you go for a small fountain or a garden rug, a new plant pot or an ornamental frog – it’s up to you but we do have a nice selection to choose from here at D Lynch & Sons.Enjoy your garden this summer – regardless of the weather!